Striding into a new year

A light drizzle met the 350 runners who took part in the regions first race of the 2011 calendar the Wymondham AC New Year's Day 10k.

After the icy conditions leading up to this year's race, wet weather was more than welcome for runners and organisers alike.

The race started in Wymondham and travelled out to High Oak, through Morley and finishing in Lady Lane, Wymondham.

Stuart Huntington (CONAC) took advantage of this year's revised course setting a new record in 31:55 to win the race by a good margin. He is pictured in action, below.

Stuart took the lead early on and never looked back with only the lead bike for company.


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In second place competing for Norwich Road Runners was Ben Russell finishing in 33:31. Martyn Bath completed the top three (CONAC) holding on to finish in 34:18.

Keeping up the good start for City Of Norwich Athletic Club was Kelly Rushton (pictured) who won the ladies' race in 37:14 with plenty of clear air from her nearest rival. Nikki Neal (unattached) finished second in a time of 38:56. Alexandra Smith finished third running well for Norwich Road Runners crossing the line in 39:38.

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Norwich Road Runners were the club of the event taking home a total of four individual prizes as well as taking all honours in the senior, men's and ladies' team category and veterans' teams category. A great start to the new year for the club and members.

Many runners not competing for the top spot battled for their own personal bests and places in the race with fellow runners working hard to achieve their goals.

The quote of the day has to come from Pat Brightman (Great Yarmouth and District) who had a good run crossing the line and suggesting; 'It just goes to show that training does pay off' – a great piece of advice for everyone trying to achieve a PB this year.

Race director Karl Chapman was pleased with the event and thanked everyone involved who helped make it happen, especially club members who helped marshal the event, St John Ambulance for first aid cover and the Wymondham Ex-Servicemen's Club for their hospitality. Pilch of Norwich kindly donated all finishers with an Adidas bag and energy gel, and their support is always appreciated.

The club's next race is the popular Wymondham 20 Miler on March 6, a great race in preparation for this year's London Marathon.

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